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Former Polish President and leader of the Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa will receive an award in February from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
SPRINGFIELD, IL (Catholic Online) - The award is given to those who, "live and exemplify Lincoln's legacy of leadership," according to the foundation's CEO, Carla Knorowski.
Walesa started as a shipyard worker. Becoming politically active as a result of his experiences, he helped to organize and lead the Polish Solidarity movement and went on to become Poland's first democratically elected president in postwar history. He has proven himself to be a strong fighter for the rights of workers.
The prize will be awarded in a ceremony on February 9, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.